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Iran says verdict reached on Washington Post correspondent

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“We are aware of today’s televised announcement by the Iranian government that a ruling has been issued in the case of The Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian but that the ruling is ‘not final’ and could be appealed,” he said in a statement. “We have no further information this time, and it is not clear whether this ruling includes a verdict or a sentence — or even whether its contents have been communicated to Jason or his lawyer.

“This vague and puzzling statement by the government of Iran only adds to the injustice that has surrounded Jason’s case since his arrest 15 months ago. Jason is a victim — arrested without cause, held for months in isolation, without access to a lawyer, subjected to physical mistreatment and psychological abuse. The only thing that has ever been clear about this case is Jason’s innocence. If indeed a ruling has been issued and is now being reviewed, this puts the onus on Iran’s senior leaders to demonstrate the fairness and justice that could only lead to Jason’s exoneration and release.’’

Rezaian has been held in prison longer than any journalist in Iran, and since last week, longer than the U.S. Embassy hostages held from November 1979 to January 1981. Today is his 447th day in custody . He holds dual citizenship, a status that Iran does not recognize. Although he was born and raised in California to a father who emigrated from Iran, the Tehran government has treated him as a full Iranian citizen.

Wow that's a long time to be a journalist prisoner. 

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